Starting Pitching Disclaimer: I'm only going to be using fWAR, ERA and FIP. Otherwise, this would take too much time. We all know Kershaw is the best pitcher in the NL. He alone has a 3.5 fWAR, 1.67 ERA and 1.35 FIP. The other starting pitchers are another story. They have a combined 1.7 fWAR (Kazmir's is actually negative), 4.34 ERA and 4.36 FIP. Comparing those numbers to other teams is kind of useless. After all, every team has a pitcher on their team who leads in fWAR ("best pitcher") (yes, I realize this is an imperfect measurement). So how do the Dodgers's SPers stack up against the rest of the league without their best pitchers? First, here are the teams and their best pitchers: Cubs: Arrieta Mets: Syndergaard Nationals: Strasburg Giants: Cueto Phillies: Velasquez Rockies: Gray Cardinals: Garcia Marlins: Fernandez Padres: Pomeranz Braves: Teheran Diamondbacks: Greinke Brewers: Guerra Pittsburgh: Cole Reds: Iglesias Let's start with ERA since it's something we're all familiar with: Doesn't look too bad does it? With Kershaw we're the fourth best team in the NL, and without him we're the 6th. Dig a little deeper and things aren't quite as rosy (note that I didn't recalculate the values based on complete raw data, I just took the average ERA numbers for each team): ERA mean (total) = 4.094; STD = 0.829929; Dodgers value = 3.62; z-score = .57113 (71st percentile) ERA mean (no #1) = 4.43; STD = 0.8045; Dodgers value = 4.34; z-score = .1127 (54th percentile) So, we look like a fairly middle-of-the-road team with our ERA sans Kershaw. But we all know the limitation of ERA: Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) measures what a player’s ERA would look like over a given period of time if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play and league average timing. So what about FIP? Things don't look quite as good. Even with Kershaw we're only 6th, and without him we're 9th. If we look at the z-scores for the data, then it's clear that we have a below average pitching staff: FIP mean (total) = 3.94; STD = 0.728947; Dodgers value = 3.55; z-score = .53868 (70th percentile) FIP mean (no #1) = 4.27; STD = 0.776112; Dodgers value = 4.36; z-score = -.1168 (46th percentile) fWAR is based on FIP, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the values are similar to FIP. We're 6th with Kershaw and 8th without. In fact, our percentile rank is actually slightly lower in this calculation: fWAR mean (total) = 3.33; STD = 2.144317; Dodgers value = 5.1; z-score = 0.823883 (80th percentile) fWAR mean (no #1) = 1.9; STD = 1.627443; Dodgers value = 1.7; z-score = -0.12289 (45th percentile) I think this analysis simply confirms what we know, but it's interesting to put some data behind the "eye-test." That is, our starting pitching staff (without its best pitcher), as it currently stands, is worse than the median pitching staff (without its best pitcher) in the NL. That's not a formula for success.